Although I’ve been playing professionally since 1957, the circumstances were never right to do a solo album. That changed in late 2017.
An article in the local newspaper featured a college professor who was teaching a recording arts class and included a call for artists wanting to make a 2 or 3 song “demo.” I took that as a challenge. I contacted him, and a session was scheduled on January 29, 2018. When I walked in I told him (and the class) that I wanted to play for an hour. There was quite a reaction in the room.
This album is the result. It is one uninterrupted take, with no overdubs and no punch-ins. It is representative of the kind of set I might play for a cocktail piano gig. I say representative, because a lot of what is on this album is improvised, and I had no idea what I was going to play until my hands came down on the keys.
There was a set list, and so you may recognize a number of standards (and other tunes) along the way. As I do with most sets, this one tells a story, and if you listen carefully, you may be able to figure out just exactly what that story was. Figuring out the story is not necessary to enjoying the music, but if you think you’ve figured it out, feel free to email me at email@example.com and tell me what you think it is.
The recording was done using 6 microphones. The final mix is a result of the stellar work by my friend and favorite audio engineer, Wade Odum.